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Playlist: 16 Artists to Watch in 2016

Alex Newell Troye Sivan Conrad Sewell

It’s officially 2016, which means it’s time to let go of any and all past negativities and look forward to the future. And what better way to usher in the new year than with a slew of promising new musical acts?

We already brought you our picks for the Most Anticipated Albums of 2016 (and just in case you forgot, you can check out the full list below), and we named our favorite emerging artists of 2015, so it’s only natural we dive head-first into 2016 with a carefully curated playlist of the most promising acts of 2016.

We included a few names that might be more familiar to the general public: Artists like Charlie Puth (who made headlines following his lip-locking 2015 American Music Awards’ performance with Meghan Trainor) and Troye Sivan (who made waves both online and off with the release of his debut album Blue Neighbourhood) both have songs on our playlist.

Other artists we included — who we’ve  previously highlighted on PopCrush — include Joe Jonas’ new musical project DNCE, former Glee star Alex Newell and Francesco Yates. Past PopCrush Presents candidates Parson James and Conrad Sewell also appear on our playlist, along with newcomer Daya, 19-year-old singer-songwriter Cloves, Majid Jordan and Post Malone.

Tory Lanez, LEON, AudioDamn!, Shawn Hook and Bryson Tiller round out the rest of the playlist, making for a multi-genre listening experience.

Be sure to check out our 16 Artists to Watch in 2016 playlist below, available exclusively on Apple Music.

16 Most Anticipated Albums of 2016

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